Confederate Fayetteville Armory Rifle Type III, Id’d to R. W. Sawyers, 8th Regt North Carolina, Co. C

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis piece is a 58 caliber muzzleloader with a 33 inch barrel secured by two barrel bands. The lock functions at both half and full cock positions. It also has the original ram rod. It still retains its brown finish though it has a slight repair on the stock (see pictures). It has an 1863 date on the barrel as well as V.P. and Eagle markings. The lock plate has the distinctive markings of an 1863 date C. S. A. Fayetteville with the butt plate also having the C. S. A. inscription. Under the butt plate is the owner’s own mark. It reads “R. W. Sawyers” some text that is hard to decipher, followed by “N C 1864”. Sawyers was a member of the 8th Regiment of the North Carolina Infantry. It was organized near Warrenton, North Carolina at Camp Macon in September 1861. Picture of service record attached.